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What is vestibular system?
The control of your balance is regulated by a part in your inner ear known as the vestibular system. An injury in the vestibular system can result in dizziness, balance issues and/or vertigo.
What are possible findings that vestibular physiotherapy can identify?
Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma) – slow-growing tumour of the eighth cranial nerve which can be improved by surgery
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV )- set off by calcium crystals floating in the ear that cause bouts of vertigo on changing positions
Central Vestibular Disorders – balance and dizziness following central lesions after events such as stroke or traumatic brain injury
Labyrinthitis/Vestibular Neuritis- inflammation of the inner ear
Mal de Debarquement Syndrome – produces disorientation in the aftermath of traveling in a boat, airplane, train or car
Meniere’s Disease – over-accumulation of fluid in the inner ear that triggers attacks of vertigo, ringing in the ear and fluctuant hearing loss
Perilymphatic Fistula – caused by strong pressure in inner ear, or a blow to the head, which results in a hole between middle and inner ear
Peripheral Hypofunction – loss of balance and dizziness often associated with aging and alcoholism/drug induced ototoxicity
Vestibular Migraine – dizziness associated with the auras of a migraine headache
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